Senate Republicans have blocked an attempt to increase direct stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000, after the Democrat-led House of Representatives approved a bill to do so, with the support of President Trump.
A motion by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for an up-or-down vote on the bill which passed 275-134 in the House was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
McConnell noted that Trump’s statements that called for larger checks, new curbs on large tech companies, and an investigation into the November election, saying they would be dealt with in the Senate.
“Those are the three important subjects the President has linked together,” McConnell said. “This week the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus.